Is it Time for a New Furnace?

Is it Time for a New Furnace? If your furnace is 10-15 years old, it’s already reached its average lifespan.  If it’s even older and still working fine, consider yourself among the fortunate few. But here’s the thing:  no matter how new or old it might be, it won’t last forever.  So, is this the…

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Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Are you a fan of curling up in front of warm fire when outside temperatures turn colder? Most people are, and what’s not to like about it! On the other hand, fireplaces aren’t maintenance free, which means true enjoyment can be had only after you’ve had your fireplace and chimney thoroughly cleaned by a professional…

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How to Keep Your Home Flu Free

The fall and winter seem to have a second name – flu season. In fact, the only apparent difference from one year to the next is the extent of the outbreak. But here’s what doesn’t change: the several ways you can help keep the flu away from your door. Get Vaccinated – This is the…

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How New Carpeting Can Make You Sick

“New” can be a wonderful scent.  A new car with leather interior, a fresh coat of paint, new wood furniture…often, there’s nothing quite like it. And yet some new household odors aren’t nearly as inviting. For many people throughout the East Valley, that includes the scent from new carpeting and carpet padding. That familiar odor…

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What to Do When the Power Goes Out.

Whether or not we’re headed for more and more severe weather remains to be seen. All we know for sure is that we’re susceptible to it, and need to take proper precautions to protect family, home, and belongings. At the same time, you don’t need an oncoming hurricane or other force of nature to alter…

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

As much as there is to enjoy about the fall season, it’s also the perfect time to get your home ready for the increasingly colder temps, wind, rain – and even snow – that are just off the horizon. So, before you carve those pumpkins and fill your home with all the colors of the…

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4 Tips for Great Indoor Wood Fires

If you feel like you’re not yet master of your own wood fireplace, here’s a crash course on how to advance your skill set by creating and sustaining longer-lasting fires with greater heat generation. Wood Stove vs. Fireplace It’s easier to get a fire started in a conventional fireplace, but easier to keep one going…

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How to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

As the weather gradually turns cooler and the “Cool” setting gets shifted to “Heat” on your thermostat, those won’t be the only changes you start to notice. Little by little, your indoor air will begin to dry out and, with that, comes an inevitable set of consequences…dry, itchy skin in particular, not to mention bloody…

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How to Avoid Costly AC Mistakes

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S. Today, in fact, more than 90 percent of US households rely on some sort of air conditioning to help them beat the heat. Can that level of energy consumption be reduced without depriving anyone…

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Back to School Health Tips for Students

It was bound to happen: a fond farewell to summer and perhaps a tepid greeting to a brand-new school year. How’s the state of readiness in your household? Well, for purposes of this blog, we’re going to assume you have clothes shopping, new school supplies, a return to normal bed times, and other such matters…

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